Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Day 7: Simple Blogging


White Spray Paint Blog Books

                                                                                                                       Four Years of Blog Posts

The week before I came out of blogging hibernation and started The Nester’s 31 Day Writing Challenge for October, the roof leaked.

On October 1st, the day I started blogging again, there were workmen here removing and patching and painting and playing loud music and basically talking to each other in a loud shout all day.

And my topic is Enjoying Simple Things.


I am laughing as I type.

So that acceptance and enjoyment of life on life’s terms is how I fondly remember my early years in blogging.

It was the best of times.

My blog posts became those conversations you have with friends that begin with

‘you’re not going to believe what happened’,

or ‘you’ve got to see this’,

or ‘I know how you feel’.

I wrote from my thinking and from my heart.

And then I began to analyze and over think things .

That is a breeder of discontent, isn’t it?

I got all jammed up when I read that you are always supposed to write for your reader. 

I never got the hang of SEO friendly wording .

I read that people don’t really want to read about personal things.

I started to look at how unread my blog posts were, rather than thanking the people who did read them.

I even wrote blog posts about blogging.

The list goes on.

And so my interest waned, and blogging breaks became more frequent.

So here is what I learned

Blogging is a simple hobby that feeds us all in different ways.

It shouldn’t be that complicated, and the good news is it doesn’t have to be.

Blog when and how you want to.  Your posts are pieces of you that you are sharing with others.

How cool and heart generous is that?


I said it best here, in a post I titled C.S. Lewis and Blogging .

And remember tomorrow when it is time to write your post-

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:

What! You too?

I thought I was the only one."


C. S. Lewis


sweetbriardreams said...

I am in total agreement - just go with the flow. I have just had a break for a couple of weeks as I really was at a loss for words, but now having a re-think and keeping to what I really love. Love the books by the way, I really must keep a record myself. Have a good week!

Southern Gal said...

I agree wholeheartedly. I blog for myself and my children. It's a seven year scrapbook now. I'd love to know where you had your blog posts published. Blurb?

Brenda Pruitt said...

There has been much said lately about blogging and burn out. Here is my way of dealing with it. I don't give two hoots about SEO, keywords, any type of social media aside from Pinterest, which drives me because it's visual, and all the other crap everyone tells you you must do. Throw all that out the window. If I did all those things, I wouldn't enjoy blogging anymore. And I love it. Get off the fast moving train with all the "rules" and simply enjoy the ride. That's my two cents.

Simply LKJ said...

Love this Laura!!

Pura Vida said...

I always enjoy what you have to say...you are fun and funny and so warm. I've been really enjoying your series...so keep up the great work and let it all hang out!

Denise Dilley said...

Thank you for this post! I love to write and share my heart but so many times find myself consumed with blogging rules. Ugh. Glad to be reassured that I don't have to follow those rules! :)

Granny Marigold said...

Thank you for that post. I really needed to read your words today because after a year of blogging I have become a bit (??) discouraged.

So.... I will keep your wise words in mind and be encouraged.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Oh yes! I got caught up in the 'do this' 'don't do that' of blogging.
Now I just say what I have to say...but I do like to do some introspective thinking and October 31 days of writing spurs me to do that.
This is only my second-- but I love the challenge. Could I quit if I wanted?
Yes. But I don't...because I don't want to let ME down.
I like finding something to talk about with all the people I read... and lots of times, I do find myself thinking, 'WHAT YOU TOO?" :)

Amy at love made my home said...

I agree! Do what you want, how you want. I think that most people would rather read what is real more than anything else. xx

Theresa said...

My blog is my journal and I enjoy looking back to see what I was doing a year ago:) Hope the repair work goes well! Sending HUGS your way!


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